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Listen to Them

A new report from the UK House of Lords says the government there doesn't listen to its scientific advisers, and recommends that they be consulted during policy making, reports the Guardian's Ian Sample. "The government must overhaul its use of chief scientific advisers to prevent departments from ignoring and sidelining evidence that affects their policies," he says. "The committee examining the role and function of chief scientific advisers found that expert advice was sometimes blocked, dismissed or not sought early enough to influence the decisions they made." The committee also recommends that future scientific advisors be recruited from outside the government, and that they work part time to maintain ties with academia and industry, Sample adds.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.